This experiment uses visual observation, interferometry, and light scattering techniques to observe and analyze the density distribution in SF6 above and below the critical temperature. Below the critical temperature, the fluid system is split up into two coexisting phases, liquid and vapor. The spatial separation of these phases on earth, liquid below and vapor above, is not an intrinsic property of the fluid system; it is merely an effect of the action of the gravity field. At a fixed temperature, the density of each of the coexisting phases is in principle fixed. However, near T sub c where the fluid is strongly compressible, gravity induced hydrostatic forces will result in a gradual decrease in density with increasing height in the sample container. This hydrostatic density profile is even more pronounced in the one phase fluid at temperatures slightly above T sub c. The experiment is set up to study the intrinsic density distributions and equilibration rates of a critical sample in a small container. Interferometry will be used to determine local density and thickness of surface and interface layers. The light scattering data will reveal the size of the density fluctuations on a microscopic scale.